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« Reply #10 on: December 03, 2006 10:08:42 PM »

Hmmmm...I really like this idea! I have the materials to make a bracelet, but I'm not a big bracelet person. But I do wear a watch every day!

Same thing here! Cheesy I don't wear jewelry but I always wear a watch.

Did you use a wide elastic threaded through the safety pins? How/where did you secure the elastic?

For all the straps except the black one, yes. (BTW you could always click on the pictures to go to its Flickr page which always has more explanations Smiley ) Look at the close-ups of the blue and rainbow straps. Just loop it through where the original watch strap usually goes (there's a metal bar) and then sew it (I use a machine zig-zag further away where it'll get hidden by the pins, and also a regular stitch [by hand, 'cause my machine can't sew that close] right up to the metal bar, underneath the first pin).

For the black, I used two thin elastic threads (they look like dental floss, usually for kids' bead bracelets) which I tied to the two "first pins", and then I glued the "first pins" directly on the watch. The width of the pins were wider than the width of the metal bars, so if I tied the two elastic threads to the metal bars like the elastic band method... it ain't pretty.

how to you secured the pins?

Just grab a pair of pliers and press the "head" of the pin closed. There's a little open area that the sharp point of the pin goes through when you open and close the pin -- just press the two "walls" together until the gap closes. Then the sharp point won't be able to move at all.

Just let me know if you don't get a  thing I'm saying, 'cause I'll try and have visual help if you need it. Wink

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« Reply #11 on: December 04, 2006 03:19:16 PM »

Thanks for the thorough answers! I actually stopped at the local Good Will, but all they had were digital watches and I'm old fashioned when it comes to watches! I'll still be looking...when I find the perfect watch, I'll be sure to post my creation!

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